I didn't attend any Derby parties this year and didn't even watch it on TV, I spent my Derby Day enjoying the weather and getting some work done in the yard.
I didn't even know who won until I turned on the news tonight and for those of you who don't know, the winning horse, Big Brown has been lost in the news by the terrible, terrible news of 2nd place winner Eight Bells. The only filly to run this race, broke both her front ankles during the Derby and had to be euthanized immediately after on the track.
Trying to find some more information on what happened, I've found several websites decrying the use of a dirt track vs synthetic, sighting that dirt is much more dangerous for the horses.
It really is a shame. Several others have criticized the owners of horses in general for not caring about these horses and just using them, but the few interviews I've seen with the trainers certainly don't portray that.
So on a lighter note, did any of y'all attend any parties? Win any money?